Science Olympiad Over Break

December 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Last weeks meeting went pretty well. We have just a little under a month until our first competition so it’s time to really start getting busy.

Attached to the bottom of this post are the students event assignments. The events that are color coded in yellow indicate that multiple students are competing for a two person event. I’ll discuss this more in another post later in the week.

For ALL events you need to know the rules backwards and forwards. You should read their rules multiple times over the break. The rules were sent out in an e-mail around a month ago. You should print out the rules for the events you are in and bring them to all their meetings. Last year we were disqualified in an event because we didn’t follow the rules. KNOW your rules!

ALL students also need to have a Science Olympiad binder. The binder should be 1-2″ and have at least two pockets. This will be useful to the students in organizing their materials.

For the knowledge events. The students should start to gather material and resources to study from. This would include going to the library and seeking information about their events as well as finding websites about their events. The students that attended last week’s mandatory meeting received a DVD-ROM with all kinds of information regarding on each event. They should explore this as much as possible. Another very helpful website is: The Wright Center. I would also encourage the students to work together whenever possible.

For the building events THE STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BUILD ANYTHING DURING BREAK. They should focus their time on planning. This would include looking at previous designs, determining what materials the team needs to purchase, and drawing the device (in detail) that they are going to build. You will not be allowed to build anything until you have a detailed plan including a drawing of the item being build a list of materials that the item is made of. Last year we did not compete at the Magsig competition in any building events because we were not adequately prepared. Let’s try not to repeat that again this year.

Anytime the students are working on Science Olympiad outside of our weekly meetings they should complete the independent study form attached at the bottom of this post. You should probably print out a few blank forms after reading this post and keep it as part of your Science Olympiad binder. The completed forms should also be kept in an organized fashion in the binders.

Lastly, have a great break and have fun. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.

2009 Initial Event Assignments

Independent Study Form

Independent Study Form (pdf)

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